TEAM ARUBA STAYS ON TOP AT CANCELED GEORGIA DRAGS
By Tristan Ralston on 17th April, 2013
VALDOSTA, Ga. April 16, 2013: After taking the pole in their first lap down the track at the ADRL Georgia Drags VII, Team Aruba was amped for the weekend of racing. Through three rounds of qualifying, they managed to hold the number one spot with their 4.063 elapsed time. Race day was full of promise for the Aruba.com/Alltel Wireless Mustang. Mother Nature, however, had different plans. Sunday dawned with rain that never left and by noon the event was canceled. The ADRL cancellation policy states that the event is canceled without makeup, but that all points and monies will be awarded.
“It was very exciting and encouraging to achieve the number one qualifying spot,” told driver Trevor Eman, “but at the same time it was very upsetting to see rain cancel our event. We were ready to tackle race day, and were confident to take the win together with the number one qualifying spot. Those things are out of our control, however, and overall we can’t be disappointed. This is just another step towards winning a race this year, which we just can’t wait to make happen.
“ADRL canceled the event in its entirety due to the rain, but they are granting everyone their qualifying points. We were fourth in points before the event, but only one point behind third, so our qualifying points should take us to the third spot in the Extreme Pro Stock points standings. Just the idea of being top three in points is nice to hear.”
So far in 2013, Team Aruba has already been one of the most successful teams in XPS, reaching the semi finals in the first event and achieving the number one qualifying spot at the second stop on the tour.
“I’d like to extend my well wishes to Dan Parker,” added Eman. “He was the special guest of ADRL at this past weekend’s event. Last year he lost his eyesight due to a drag racing accident and is now aiming to become the first blind person to pilot a vehicle on the Bonneville salt flats. That’s an incredible goal and we believe that he will no doubt accomplish it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to personally shake his hand at the event and give him my well wishes, but I would like him to know that Team Aruba is behind him in his ambitions.
“As a team coming from the tiny island of Aruba, who needs to travel long way to and from the races every time there is a race, we recognize that reaching your goals is not always easy, and that there are roadblocks along the way. Team Aruba is on a mission to win an ADRL Extreme Pro Stock race in the near future, and hopefully one day a Championship, and I know that Dan Parker will reach his goals as well. Dan, go get ’em!”